If you watch The Daily Show you may have seen the ironic skit about how members of Congress voted to fix the part of the sequester that prevented their flights from leaving on time. They fixed the part that affected them while the rest of the across the board cuts continue to hit the middle class and working poor, and threaten our border security. Unfortunately freshman Congressman Randy Weber has chosen to align himself more with Ted Cruz, like voting against Hurricane Sandy relief , than his own more moderate Speaker John Boehner. Boehner said of the Sequester, “When you look at this final agreement that we came to with the White House, I got 98% of what I wanted. I'm pretty happy,”. Being partisan for the sake of being partisan is bad for Texans and its ultimately it will prove to be bad for the Republican Party. For a complete breakdown of what the sequester cuts will look like by agency the Washington Post has put together this great everything-you-need-to-know guide with lots of charts.
Emily Bittner of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee released this statement:
“Earlier this month cancer clinics announced that they would have to turn away thousands of Medicare patients because of the sequester, local schools are kicking kids out of Head Start and our military doesn't have the resources needed to keep us safe, but Congressman Weber's top priority was to protect himself and millionaire campaign contributors – not the millions in the middle class who are getting squeezed,”
Her comments are based on votes taken earlier this year by congressional Republicans. The budget they presented included the Sequester, and they voted against considering the Stop the Sequester Job Loss Now Act that contained both tax increases and cuts. According to The Hill that Act would have, “eliminate[d]subsidies to the farm industry, scrap tax preferences used by oil-and-gas companies and implement a new minimum tax rate on people making seven figures annually – the proposal commonly known as the 'Buffett Rule.'”
Congressman Weber and his colleagues should concentrate on doing what's best for their constituents and less on opposing any measure by Democrats — it may be the only thing that preserves their own jobs.